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How to identify dry rot

Dry rot can be a severe property problem, but luckily it has more than its fair share of distinctive attributes that make it possible to identify before it causes too much damage. That said, dry rot is inclined to grow in areas of the property where people do not often look such as under floorboards, behind plasterboard or up in attics.

One of the early signs of dry rot is a musty, unpleasant smell. If this sounds familiar, it might be worthwhile having a snoop around your home for any of the signs further down this page.

If you do identify dry rot in your property, it is vital that you visit our dry rot treatment page to find out what the experts at Peter Cox can do to help.

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Identify the early signs of dry rot

Keep an eye out for the following “red flags” that will identify dry rot in your property:

  • Dry Rot Sign 1 – Damaged Timber - Timber affected by dry rot will often darken in in colour and will become so dry and brittle it will break or crumble easily. Timber affected by dry rot will also have distinct “cuboidal cracking”

  • Dry Rot Sign 2 – Concentrated Spore Dust - Dry rot spores are very common and usually harmless. However, if dry rot spores start to appear in concentrated patches of rust coloured dust, this is a sure sign of an active dry rot problem.

  • Dry Rot Sign 3 – Hyphae - Dry rot spores begin to produce hyphae when they come into contact with timber in damp and humid conditions. Hyphae are white/grey strands that look similar to spider silk.

  • Dry Rot Sign 4 – Mycelium - Mycelium is a grey/white cotton-wool-like mass that dry rot produces when it spreads from timber it can no longer feed from. If you identify dry rot mycelium it is vital that your treat the problem there and then as it is likely to get a lot worse.

  • Dry Rot Sign 5 – Fruiting Bodies - The last stage in the dry rot lifecycle is the most visually striking - the fruiting body. These fleshy masses look like large rust-coloured mushrooms and they grow when dry rot needs to pump fresh spores into the air in an effort to find more timber.

Have you identified dry rot in your property

If you recognise the signs above and believe you have identified dry rot in your property then it is imperative that you consult an experienced and qualified specialist to conduct a dry rot survey.

By contacting Peter Cox today you will be getting help, advice and treatment from the industry’s leading experts. You can also find out more about what we do by visiting our dry rot treatment and dry rot survey pages.

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